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Who Can Vote in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

With the 2020 Presidential Election quickly approaching on November 3, 2020, and early and absentee voting already underway in several states, it is important to know who is eligible to vote in the election. Ensuring you are eligible to vote prior to voting is essential, because unlawfully voting in an election is a violation of […]

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FAQ October 2020 Visa Bulletin

On September 24, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) released the highly-anticipated October 2020 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin, released monthly by the DOS, provides updated dates on when a foreign national can submit their Adjustment of Status (AOS) application or have their AOS case adjudicated. The submission of an AOS application is the final step […]

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USCIS Implements New Law Regarding Citizenship for Children of Military Members & U.S. Government Employees Stationed Overseas

Last week, USCIS updated policy guidance concerning residency requirements under section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to comply with the requirements of the recently enacted Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act.  Under the new law, a child born outside of the U.S. acquires automatic citizenship under INA 320, […]

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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Certain Agency Requests

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 30, 2020, USCIS announced that it would allow flexibility in responding to certain agency requests. USCIS has recently announced that they are extending this courtesy to cases in which notices were issued between March 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021.  This flexibility applies to the following: Requests for […]

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USCIS Issues Implementation Guidance on DACA Policy Changes

On July 28, 2020, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, issued a policy memorandum (“Wolf Memorandum”) making changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. A full breakdown of the changes to the DACA under the Wolf Memorandum can be found here. USCIS released guidance on how it will implement the Wolf Memorandum’s changes on August 24, […]

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Ban on Trusted Traveler Programs Reversed for New Yorkers

On July 23, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it has reversed the ban on New York residents from applying for membership and renewal to Trusted Traveler Programs. The ban was first implemented over six months ago and impacted roughly 80,000 New Yorkers. Now, New Yorkers are no longer prohibited from applying […]

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USCIS Fees to Increase October 2, 2020

On July 31, 2020, USCIS announced a final rule adjusting fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefits. The increase in fees is in response to recover costs of services for USCIS as the agency is experiencing a lack of funding.  Why does USCIS have to increase fees? USCIS is fee funded, meaning the fees collected […]

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